A Malpas woman who set up a cleaning business after overcoming post-natal depression is celebrating after she was named in a top-100 list of female entrepreneurs.

Victoria Rothwell founded The Beautiful Method, a domestic housekeeping service in 2017 after originally starting out in a career in fashion, chasing a dream to become her own boss.

However, Victoria developed severe anxiety and post-natal depression on two separate occasions, following a birth of a son and twin daughters, and it was when she tried to throw herself into work to overcome it, she found a gap in the domestic cleaning market.

She founded her eco-product only business after being let down by other services and that has led to her being named in the #ialso Top 100, a campaign born from International Women’s Day 2018

And she admits she was delighted to find out.

"I am really excited to have been listed in the #ialso Top 100, though a little shocked at the same time," she said.

"I am really proud to have received this recognition as it hasn’t been an easy journey.

"I just hope that my story inspires other women to take the leap of faith and give running their own business a go, too – it can be so rewarding and you have the opportunity to meet some amazing like-minded women on the way too.”

The Beautiful Method is now also beginning an exciting new venture as Victoria has decided to franchise the company, giving other like-minded people the opportunity to run a successful business, just like herself.

She added: "We are looking for ambitious, driven and hard-working people to join us in our exciting period of growth. Be your own boss, run your own company and do it all in your own time, with the support of a successful group behind you."